Short Story Summary: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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n the short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" the exposition begins with the grandmother bringing attention to an article about a gentleman who calls himself the Misfit and has escaped the penitentiary. The grandmother’s motive is to allure her son from wanting to travel to Florida by telling him the Misfit is headed that way and is causing harm to people. The grandmother wants to go east to Tennessee to show the children something different. Both children John Wesley and June Star think this is a brilliant idea. The family begins their travels east to Tennessee all packed tightly in their automobile.

The rising action begins when the grandmother with an attempt to keep the children entertained begin to tell them about a house that has a secret panel in Georgia, right where they would be traveling through. The children get so excited and begin to try their hardest to convince their father, Bailey to stop at the house with the secret panel. With many whines and screeches they convince their father to travel the extra 20 minutes to see the home. Within their travel they experience a fairly traumatic car accident that leaves them stranded. This is another leading element to the rising action. Once the family realizes that everyone is safe after the accident they begin to put together a plan to get
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You could be raised by the best of parents and live in a happy and healthy home and still not be a good man. It also has a twist though. You could also see it as the author is trying to say "What defines a good man?" If the grandmother sees the Misfit as a good man then what are the real bad guys still locked up in the penitentiary? Are they considered bad guys? The story also shares a religious component where the grandmother encourages the Misfit to pray that Jesus would help

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